Trip Report (7/29/2007), Brunswick Campground to Weverton and Return
- Sunday's six-mile adventure turned out to be great. An early morning
shower ended before we began, and we were done before an evening
shower took place. Timing is almost everything.
We met at the Sheetz in Brunswick, had some MTO coffee, then went to
the Brunswick Campground, just above Gravel Point and across the
river from the Shimmey Ferry. We paddled against the current and
over two sets of rapids all the way to the Weverton area, and finally
stopped at the first major set of rapids below Harper's Ferry.
During the northbound paddle, we went beside the Log Jam at Lock 30
of the C&O Canal, passed Waltmans Ferry, and floated by the abandoned
Gold Mine at the mouth of Dutchman Creek, which is across from the
Old Smith Ferry. We passed over the New Addition ledges, and, too,
went beside Paynes Ferry and Stumps Landing. We then went around
Falls Island, turned right as we rounded Paynes Landing, and made our
final upriver stop below the Old Marble Cutting Mill. Hobo Jungle
was just below us, and quite active down river. We took in the
sights at Monk Mountain, and watced an eagle watching us. Finally,
at the Class Two rapids, we found a family in a semi-serious duel
with a rare Scarpa Serpente.
After a break we headed back to the Brunswick Campground, where a
surprise birthday party awaited the paddlers, since one was at the
low end of 50 and another was at the high end of 50.
The pictures from the trip have been uploaded to our web site.